It is not the duty of a cooperative housing society or CHS to remove illegally parked vehicle from its approach road. Traffic police must prevent illegal parking on roads so as to allow fire fighting vehicles reaching the spot in case of emergency, the Bombay High Court said
The Bombay High Court has asked traffic police to take necessary steps for preventing parking of vehicles on the access road lane to facilitate easy egress and ingress for fire fighting vehicles.
Hearing a case filed by Mumbai-based Mount Unique Cooperative Housing Society Ltd, the bench of Justices Ranjit More and Anuja Prabhudessai said, "How can the Society remove parked vehicle on public road? It is the duty of police to do that".
The Fire Brigade on 5 January 2013 had issued a notice to the Society under under section 6 and Rule 9 (1) of the Maharashtra Fire Prevention and Life Safety Measures Act, 2006. The notice had directed Mount Unique CHS to remove illegally parked cars on the public road as it would be a hindrance to the fire brigade from reaching the building in case of a fire.
Challenging the order from the Fire Brigade, the Society submitted before the Court that "only access to Mount Unique CHS is the small lane on which members of the Society as well others are parking cars, which may create impediment in the egress and ingress of the fire fighting vehicles in case of emergency. Despite repeated requests, members from the Society and other persons are refusing to remove their cars from the road lane in question."
The Assistant Public Prosecutor did not dispute that it was the responsibiliy of the state authorities to keep the said road lane obstruction free so as to allow free access to the fire fighting vehicles in case of emergency.
While disposing the writ petition, the Bench said, "Respondent Nos. 3, 4 and 5 (authorities) are directed to take necessary steps for preventing the parking of all types of vehicles on the access road-lane to the Petitioner's society in order to facilitate the easy egress and ingress for fire fighting vehicles."
The AirAsia flight from Surbaya to Singapore went down on Sunday and has been the focus of an international search effort
Indonesian rescue choppers looking for signs of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 spotted its wreckage and bodies of victims during search operations today, news agency Reuters reported.
The flight had lost contact early on Sunday when it had asked Air Traffic Control permission to fly higher due to bad weather. Unlike the Malaysian Airlines MH370 that went missing earlier this year, the wreckage was finally spotted after two days od intensive search and rescue operations with many countries from the Asia Pacific region involved.
The debris from the plane was spotted off the island of Borneo by the Java Sea.
Latest reports suggested that about 40 bodies had been pulled out of the sea so far. As images of the dead and the debris were broadcast on television, Tony Fernandes tweeted his committment to extend all of AirAsia's support in whichever way possible.
About 30 ships and 21 aircraft from Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and the United States had been involved in the search of up to 10,000 square nautical miles, the Reuters report said.
Bambang Soelistyo, Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency chief said, "God blessed us today, At 12:50 the air force Hercules found an object described as a shadow at the bottom of the sea in the form of a plane."